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Homeschooling 4 children

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Mary A
6/16/2020
I am new to homeschooling and am considering the MBTP curriculum. I have four children who are currently in public school. My 10 yo is going into 6th grade, my 8 yo is going into 3rd grade, my 6 yo is going into 1st grade and my 4 yo is going into preK.

In terms of language arts, my older two read and write above their grade levels. My 6 yo is a bit slow to catch on to reading and writing. My 10 and 6 yos are strong in math. My 8 yo is average in math.

Would I be correct in thinking the 9-11, 8-10, 5-7 and 4-5 levels would be correct for our family?

Is it even possible to do 4 different levels simultaneously? Would we maybe combine Science and Social Studies for my older two and younger two. If so, would I choose the level for the older of the pair or the younger? Do I need a separate curriculum for my 4 yo?

Thank you so much for your feedback!
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
6/19/2020
This looks to be a complex situation that will need some time to discuss and consider what will work best for your family in particular. Please call our customer service line at (888)254-4991 between 8 am and 2 pm PST so that we can find what will work best for you.
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
6/27/2020
The idea of doing four levels gives me the shivers but I have done three different levels with one doing it very independently.

I could see combining the 8 and 10 years old (9-11) and the 6 and 4 yrs old combined (5-7 level or even 4-5). I am curious to hear what the company would suggest under those circumstances.

I usually place the kids based their placement test AND on their handwriting ability. I had to place my 10 years old at a lower level of 7-9 because his handwriting is so large that it would not fit in the next level up. He could read and do the work of the higher level but I would have had to scribe for him. He needed another year of OT skills and growth to be able to write comfortable in the lines expected in the next level up. Plus he needed to build up writing stamina. This is a writing intensive program. I chose it because it would offer him plenty of opportunity to strengthen a weakness.
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
6/29/2020
We do recommend combining children on one level whenever possible. This is often easier for the parent, more fun for the children, and more cost-effective.